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Pidgin English

I have a chat with a younger friend and we mentioned the term "Pidgin English", which he is not familiar with, while I knew this term for decades. Now the question is, does the...

What Does Private Waters Mean

Hi I=92m trying to find the meaning of private waters. When you hear private waters does is mean a private property with access to a lake, river or the ocean. Should it be use...

Sit In A Class Vs Sit In On A Class

Hello! I wonder what is the difference between "sit in" and "sit in on" . a) He was sitting in a sociology class, listening to other students engaged in a discussion., b) He began...

Decline Of The English Language

Here is a mini lesson for those native English-language speakers that write as though they haven't yet completed the third grade: 1) The contraction "you're" has not disappeared...

Please Help Solve A Debate With A Friend

Please help solve a debate with a friend. During the war, was it 4 dollars to a British pound? Or maybe after the war? Posters should say where they live, and for which area they...

Puh-HO-Nix?

Have any of you seen this TV commercial for Fed-Ex-Kinkos in the US? The customer, a native speaker of American English, says he wants to ship his package to (puh-HO-nix), inaread...

I Do Not Recall Ever Hearing Uttered The...

Hello I saw this sentence and found it strange, simply in my own sense, being an intermediate learner (or just a beginner) of English, which is not my mother tongue. Could anyone...

Adverb Placing, Harder Than Ever Before

Dear fellow netizens, I am tutoring a pupil whose English teacher's grading on the test I don't agree with. I wonder who of us had it wrong. Hence I am asking your opinion about...

A Personal God

In 1916, "Leuba found that only 40 percent of scientists believed in a personal God, 15 percent were uncertain and 45 percent disbelieved." What is a personal God? A God who I...

Words Not Found In The Dictionary

I recently came across some terms on my high school's webpage: "modified basketball" "modified wrestling" But neither is in the dictionary! And a google search proves fruitless...

One Who Takes Himself Seriopusly

Hi, What's the word that describes a person who takes himself seriously? Are there other such words? Thanks. Tom

"Subtle Nuances"

Is "subtle nuances" redundant when referring to indirectly spoken meanings?

Who/Whom

Children of my class and generation ran around with pretty much who they liked. or Children of my class and generation ran around with pretty much whom they liked. .. A lamprophyre...

"Hard To Curry Above The Knees"!

This is another line from Louis L'Amour's Tucker - he describes a town as "wild and wooly" and the above. Googling, he seems to have borrowed from Owen Wister's The Virginian,...

Extravagant Question: Guys And ...

What is the pair word for "Guy" according to female.

Can Anyone Tell Me Which Is Correct, Thanks...

his family were paid compensation his family was paid compensation

Tracksuit? Person?

What do we call a person in American od British English slang who wears tracksuit all the time, or sports clothes, or hooded tops? Thx a lot for help

Merry Xmas Vs Happy Xmas

I wonder if "Merry Christmas" is something brought over by the Elizabethans and then retained by the Americans, whereupon the British switched to "Happy" Christmas in later generations...

Another Stupid Phrase

Another stupid phrase, snow event instead of snow storm. From the tv weather. As good as "with steer by wire, since there is no steering column, during an accident, the steering...

"Does Anyone Have" Or "Does Anyone Has...

Hi, Whis one is the correct usage "Does anyone have a pen?" or "Does anyone has a pen?"? Thanks Kens

A Couple Of Commas.

What are these commas for: Bishop of Leicester Tim Stevens, and President of the Methodist Conference Reverend David Gamble, discuss the outcomes of the General Synod whether the...

Quotation Marks On Long Paragraphs

When I encounter in a novel, for instance, a character explaining something in a paragraph. I see opening quotes but I often can't find closing quotes. Is it me or are the closing...

Again, The Apostrophe And The Possessive...

The following comes from the business section of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Lund Food Holdings owns two local supermarket chains, Lunds and Byerly's. Obviously, an apostrophe...

How Do I Write Dates In Roman Numerals...

1999 = MCMXCIX 14 = XII Are you supposed to write dates in Roman numerals in the same order that you write the day, year and month in America (month, date and the year) or are...

In Witnesseth Whereof - Correct Or Not

Dear English speakers (writers), is this form "In witnesseth whereof, the Parties ..." i) correct or ii) (as I suppose) an erroneous mixture of the traditional preamble "witnesseth...
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